Biden Dept Sued Over Federal Election Law Breaches.

Biden Dept Sued Over Federal Election Law Breaches.

  • March 15, 2024

William Upton, The National Pulse

Nonpartisan government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust initiated legal action against the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, alleging the department knowingly failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The group had requested documents related to a Biden government decision allowing the use of federal work-study program funds for election-related activities.

In the initial FOIA request made about one and a half years ago, the watchdog group questioned the Biden Education Department’s decision allowing the federal work-study funds for activities such as “broad-based get-out-the-vote, voter registration, providing voter assistance at a polling place or through a voter hotline, or serving as a poll worker.” Critics allege the Biden government’s policy change regarding work-study funds could potentially breach federal law.

“Not only has [the Education Department] performed a 180 on guidance designed to prevent the use of federal funds for partisan purposes, but the agency also is also trying to avoid its obligations under the law to provide records about this program,” said Protect the Public’s Trust director Michael Chamberlain in a statement. He added: “After a year and a half, we still don’t know when or even whether Education will produce the documents. Trust in government is at an all-time low. If it’s going to be restored, citizens must be certain that the bureaucracy works for them, and not for political purposes.”

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